Grosses

'The Battle of the Five Armies' Set for $88.4M in Five Days; Secret of the Tomb' and 'Annie' Battle for Second with $19.2M and $17.5M RespectivelyDecember 20, 2014 08:48 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in an estimated $16.58 million on Friday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy increased a strong 66.5 percent over Thursday. Friday's daily hold was a good sign for the film after the sharper than anticipated percentage decline it experienced on Thursday. In comparison, 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers increased 39 percent on its first Friday to gross $19.22 million.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $50.98 million in three days, which places it 14 percent behind the $59.26 million three-day start of The Two Towers. BOXOFFICE currently projects $54.0 million over the weekend for The Battle of the Five Armies and a five-day start of $88.41 million. That would be in the same neighborhood as the $86.14 million five-day start of last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which opened on a Friday).

IMAX grosses were responsible for $2.18 million of the film's overall gross on Friday. Thus far The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $8.08 million from IMAX locations. That represents 15.8 percent of the film's overall domestic gross. The Battle of the Five Armies received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

It was a close race for second place on Friday, with Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb outpacing Sony's Annie with an estimated opening day performance of $5.625 million. The two films were separated by just $325,000 on Friday and are likely to remain fairly close to one another throughout the rest of the weekend (and perhaps throughout the rest of the holiday season as well). Secret of the Tomb opened 16 percent below the $6.71 million opening day take of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE currently projects a $19.2 million debut for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which would be below expectations. The film received a B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Annie claimed third place with an estimated $5.3 million. The musical remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz opened towards the higher end of expectations on Friday. That is welcome news for Sony, especially after the events of the past week that led to the cancellation of the studio's release of The Interview. Annie opened 21 percent below the opening day take of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. BOXOFFICE is projecting a $17.5 million debut for Annie. The film received an promising A- rating on CinemaScore.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 inched ahead of Exodus: Gods and Kings to take fourth place on Friday with an estimated $2.28 million. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down a solid 39 percent from last Friday. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $283.76 million in 29 days, which leaves it $16.24 million away from becoming the second release of 2014 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone. BOXOFFICE currently estimates a $7.8 million take for Mockingjay - Part 1 this weekend.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings landed in fifth with an estimated $2.275 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic was down a very sharp 74 percent from last Friday's opening day take. Poor reviews, mixed word of mouth and direct competition from The Battle of the Five Armies are all clearly taking a toll on the film. Exodus has grossed an underwhelming $33.11 million through eight days. BOXOFFICE projects $7.7 million for Exodus: Gods and Kings this weekend, which would represent a 68 percent slide.

On its first day of wide release, Fox Searchlight's Wild took in an estimated $1.175 million from 1,061 locations. The critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon has grossed $4.24 million in 17 days. BOXOFFICE is projecting $3.75 million for Wild this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Sep. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$7,316,985--3,107--$2,355$7,316,9851Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,369,438110%3,3300$712$85,370,8154Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$2,297,605188%3,4450$667$118,216,5095Warner Bros. / New Line
4One Direction: This Is Us$1,162,653171%2,7350$425$21,053,1632Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$892,751124%2,241-298$398$82,870,0185Sony / TriStar
6Planes$886,216147%3,033-226$292$75,890,4005Disney
7The World's End$703,189114%1,520-33$463$20,172,8063Focus
8Getaway$643,715170%2,1355$302$7,132,3942Warner Bros.
9The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$591,63186%2,519-599$235$26,235,8353Sony / Screen Gems
10This Is The End$587,3699532%2,1612127$272$97,533,45613Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$541,462183%2,045-348$265$57,889,2285Fox
12You're Next$484,90390%1,902-535$255$15,807,3943Lionsgate
132 Guns$419,385158%1,165-246$360$71,087,1706Universal
14Despicable Me 2$309,750168%1,050-234$295$356,408,56010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,638,469193%717369$2,285$13,850,0732Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$293,27894%80455$365$4,221,7083Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$292,623123%8700$336$4,378,1372Focus
4The Ultimate Life$285,797--412--$694$285,7971High Top Releasing
5The Conjuring$219,695168%716-187$307$134,683,3538Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$210,190131%41530$506$4,303,7046A24
7The Wolverine$208,422116%698-290$299$128,870,9617Fox
8Kick-Ass 2$191,98067%662-984$290$27,651,0154Universal
9The Smurfs 2$146,12644%949-417$154$67,421,3256Sony / Columbia
10The Way, Way Back$132,231182%550-104$240$20,082,15910Fox Searchlight
11World War Z$117,84649%374-873$315$201,038,38312Paramount
12Jobs$115,00323%502-800$229$15,230,1154Open Road
13The Heat$108,335230%350-43$310$157,640,32111Fox
14Grown Ups 2$100,762273%355-116$284$130,374,7849Sony / Columbia
15Monsters University$97,33312%596-1293$163$264,634,35012Disney
16Pacific Rim$93,714112%307-94$305$100,608,3089Warner Bros.
17Turbo$85,346175%358-80$238$80,270,0678Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18In a World...$80,825182%10211$792$1,469,0825Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$56,56085%205-34$276$117,248,81815Lionsgate / Summit
20Red 2$50,145147%250-11$201$52,329,8758Lionsgate / Summit
21R.I.P.D.$40,725219%1810$225$33,165,1708Universal
22White House Down$33,402--168-38$199$72,913,99311Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$32,23939%188-106$171$15,685,2829Weinstein Company
24Man of Steel$31,10883%201-83$155$290,835,76513Warner Bros.
25Paranoia$18,62652%178-214$105$7,153,9834Relativity Media
26Star Trek Into Darkness$16,686-75%106-852$157$228,713,16717Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$29,633--4--$7,408$29,6331Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$29,30794%79-4$371$599,4582UTV Motion Pictures
3Winnie Mandela$21,106--32--$660$21,1061RLJ / Image Entertainment
4Chennai Express$18,344153%53-40$346$5,173,1755UTV Motion Pictures
5Afternoon Delight$16,925--2523$677$55,5062The Film Arcade
6Epic$5,461180%56-24$98$107,463,60116Fox
7Passion$4,8411%13-1$372$60,4612eOne Films US
8Populaire$3,832--3--$1,277$3,8321Weinstein Company
9Unfinished Song$3,058356%214$146$1,639,57712Weinstein Company
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,900--1--$2,900$2,9001Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,609104%196$85$4,273,70314Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$1,205--95$134$1,587,04118Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$959234%50$192$27,6863Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$377-28%1-1$377$35,7237Rialto Pictures
15Mud$192100%4-2$48$21,588,56820Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$1146%10$114$34,4214Freestyle Releasing